Massive category 5 tropical cyclone Pam abruptly changed course this afternoon and struck the low-lying island nation of Vanuatu with sustained winds of 175 mph. The capital city is reported to have been devastated. The degree of loss of life is not yet known, but because Vanuatu has been severely impacted by rising sea levels, the situation is thought to be extremely serious. Aid workers on the scene are reporting "unbelievable destruction." It is the worst storm to make landfall in the Pacific since Supertyphoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013. The most populated islands in the chain have taken a direct hit from the storm. Because of the fact that they lie at sea level, extraordinary flooding is taking place. With wind gusts up to 200 mph.
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